Becoming A Non-Profit Executive


The videotaped presentation will be viewable online from a computer via streaming video. Once your registration and payment is received, a link will be forwarded for access to the video and instructions for taking a post-test and evaluation. All online continuing education programs require completion of a post-test and evaluation for receipt of credits.


What you need to know to become a successful executive! Most social workers are trained to be practitioners/clinicians. They are exposed to clinical theory and practice with an emphasis on psychosocial development and pathology. Content is often organized around evidence-based practice. Social workers are most often employed in the clinical roles for which they have been trained. This webinar will broaden the approach to connect social work theory with an organizational understanding, leadership concepts, issues of governance and organizational structure (boards of directors), and a beginning understanding of leadership as it relates to advocacy, strategic planning, budgeting, and financial management.

Learning goals:

  • Participants will examine the track to become and sustain nonprofit agency leadership positions.
  • To enable professionals to identify the opportunities within their organizations, to exercise leadership and promotional opportunities.
  • Professionals will examine the chain of command and organizational structure to advocate for clients, staff, and self. 
  •  To help professional staff connect clinical knowledge and skills to organizational and administrative leadership. 


Phillip Coltoff
Phillip Coltoff, MSW
Senior Faculty Fellow; McSilver Faculty Fellow
Phillip Coltoff, a national leader and innovator in the field of social service and youth development, led the Children’s Aid Society, one of the largest and oldest social agencies in the United States from 1980 to 2005. From 2006 to the present, Phil has been a professor at New York University Silver School of Social Work and has written four books on executive leadership and nonprofit management, The Challenge of Change, Crusade for Children, At the Crossroads, and The Block.
In addition to being the CEO at the Children’s Aid Society, Phil served on the domestic policy council, governor’s task force on child abuse and neglect, co-chaired the task force on human services, and was an advisor to the white house fellows.
Linda Lausell Bryant
Linda Lausell Bryant, MSW, PhD
Clinical Assistant Professor; Director of the Undergraduate Field Learning Program; Katherine and Howard Aibel Visiting Professor and Executive-in-Residence
Dr. Linda Lausell Bryant serves as the Katherine & Howard Aibel Visiting Professor and Executive-in-Residence as well as clinical assistant professor at the NYU Silver School of Social Work. Prior to joining the faculty, Dr. Lausell Bryant served as Executive Director of Inwood House, an historic not-for-profit organization serving pregnant and parenting youth for 9 years. Dr. Lausell Bryant’s career spans 30 years in youth services in both the nonprofit and public sectors. She was interviewed by New York Times journalist Adam Bryant for his Corner Office column in May 2011, and her insights were featured in Mr. Bryant’s book titled Quick & Nimble: Lessons from Leading CEO’s on How to Create a Culture of Innovation.